Taylor Swift takes home four awards at the MTV Video Music Awards, but Kanye West steals the show. Bob Mezan reports.
Taylor Swift won the most Moonmans on Sunday (August 30), taking home video of the year for her star-studded "Bad Blood" at the MTV Video Music Awards. Swift, who took four trophies in all, accepted the top award, but avoided addressing song's potential meaning - it is reportedly about a feud with singer Katy Perry. SOUNDBITE: Taylor Swift saying (English): "I know there's been a lot of discussion about what this video means but I'm just happy that in 2015 we live in a world where boys can play princesses and girls can play soldiers." Despite Swift's big night, it was Kanye West, however, who stole the show. West was given the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award, presented to him by Taylor Swift, who he infamously snatched the microphone from at the 2009 awards. West rehashed the 2009 incident along with many other musings on the authenticity of artistry, at one point criticizing MTV for replaying the Swift incident over and over. In his lengthy speech, West also alluded to the fact that he got high before the show and made a very big announcement to wrap it up. SOUNDBITE: Kanye West saying (English): "I have decided in 2020 to run for president." Other memorable moments during the show included a duet between Swift and Nicki Minaj and an appearance from Justin Bieber who teared up at the end of his performance. The show was hosted by Miley Cyrus who among other things, performed her new single, accidentally bared her breast backstage before a commercial break, and exchanged harsh words with Nicki Minaj after Minaj called her out on stage for comments she had made to the press.